After several days of tough negotiating, Major League Soccer and its Players Association have decided on a CBA Ratification that will allow teams to resume the 2020 season in the coming weeks, preventing a lockout. The new collective bargaining agreement will last through the 2025 season.
The MLSPA released the following statement in their official press release.
MLS Players today ratified a new collective bargaining agreement, which will run through the 2025 season. Today’s vote also finalizes a plan to resume the 2020 season and provides Players with certainty for the months ahead. It allows our members to move forward and continue to compete in the game they love.
However, we recognize that we are all moving forward - as Players, as fans, as societies, as a world - into a future that looks much different than the one we envisioned a few months ago. There are problems we face collectively that are both more urgent, and more important, than competing on the field. We are grieving, we are fed up, we expect change, and we expect action. This change won’t come on the field, but it will come partly through the force and determination of all who seek justice and equality. We hope our return to the field will allow fans a momentary release and a semblance of normalcy. We are committed as a group to doing all that we can - both as leaders in our sport as well as leaders in our communities - to help carry our countries, our communities, our league, and our sport forward.
Navigating the challenges of the past several months would not have been possible without the incredible dedication and leadership shown by our Executive Board and Bargaining Committee. Finally, none of what we do as Players would be possible without our Supporters Groups and fans, and we thank them for their continued support and solidarity.
According to ESPN, economic concessions surpass $100 million and a salary cut of 7.5% will not be retroactive and will instead kick in for the May 31st payroll.
Tentative plans for MLS involve a 26-team tournament in Orlando, Florida beginning on June 24. The tournament — which is expected to last until August — will feature teams playing a three-game group stage before a 16-team knockout stage. From there, MLS reportedly hopes to continue the 2020 season in home markets dependent on the conditions related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
New York City FC resumed training a few weeks ago